After escaping Cambodia's "Killing Fields," Ted Ngoy built a donut empire in California. Then he lost it all, and disappeared. This week we're searching for The Donut King -- and his legacy. Today's sponsors: Go to for spice facts and recipes.
Prison Ramen Saved My Life
Gustavo Alvarez didn't learn to cook until he went to prison. Sharing food there was a good way to win friends and find comfort in a rough place. But, for Gustavo, cooking also proved to be the ultimate survival skill. Today's sponsors: Go to to get $35 off your first order.
Love And Chopsticks
A couple calls in for advice about food tensions in their intercultural relationship, and New Yorker food writer Helen Rosner tells us why all relationships are "inter-everything." Plus, an atheist listener struggles with his religious family's insistence on saying grace before meals. Today's sponsors: Go to for spice facts and recipes.
Your Food Is Talking To You. What's It Saying?
In cooking and eating, sound is the forgotten sense. But you can tell whether you're cutting scallions correctly, or how good your chocolate is, by the sounds they make. Today's sponsors: Go to to get 15% off your first purchase.
Is there really a difference between cheap and expensive vodkas? In this collaboration with NPR's Planet Money, we go on a mission to learn how super premium vodka is made and marketed. Then we make our own, to see how it measures up. Today's sponsors: Go to and use offer code SPORKFUL to save 10% on your first purchase.